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On This Day: January 24

Wednesday, January 24th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

1. 2018: American musician and actor, Kid Rock, announced he would create a non-profit organization to promote voter registration and engagement.

2. 2017: English musician, Ed Sheeran, released his chart-topping single “Shape of You,” which went on to become one of the best-selling singles worldwide.

3. 1992: Nirvana played their first-ever show in Australia at the Phoenician Club in Sydney. Also on the bill, Tumbleweed and The Meanies.

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The Prime: Alt Through the Ages

Tuesday, December 26th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Alternative

Subgenre: Goth

RIYL: Siouxsie and the Banshees, The CureLondon After Midnight

Goth music arose in the late 1970s as a subgenre of post-punk. It was heavily influenced by bands like Joy Division and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Goth music is characterized by its dark and introspective lyrics, brooding atmospheres, and a mix of rock, punk, and electronic elements. The genre gained popularity in the 1980s, with bands like The Cure making significant contributions to its development.

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Christmas Shows 2023

Saturday, December 23rd, 2023 by The Professor

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To help you celebrate, our amazing DJs and staff have put together incredible Christmas show specials – including Nick Centanni’s annual Moldie Oldies Christmas Eve and Christmas Day specials, specials from The Volcano Chronicles, Retro Rockin Road Show, Christmas Quarantine Takeover, and vintage specials from 7 alumni, and a brand new Hip-Hop Revisited Holiday Special! After a few morning hours to wet your whistle, at 2pm on Christmas Eve we finally open the floodgates and let the elves in, just in time to start your festivities and while you do your last minute wrapping. We’ll let them play all through Christmas Day until midnight, to be the soundtrack for all of the day’s gatherings and celebrations. Tell your smart speaker to “Play WLOY Loyola Radio” and just leave us on all day long… Merry Christmas Everyone!
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On This Day: December 21

Thursday, December 21st, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Let’s check out some of the top 5 coolest events on this day in music history…

1. 2019: Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” goes to #1 in America for the first time, 25 years after it was first released in 1994.

2. 2013: “The Monster” by Eminem featuring Rihanna hits #1 in America.

3. 1999: DMX releases his third album, And Then There Was X. Led by the singles “What’s My Name” and “Party Up (Up in Here),” it went to #1 in America, where it sold nearly 5 million copies.

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The Prime: Alt Through the Ages

Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Alternative

Subgenre: Psychedelic rock

RIYL: The Electric Prunes, The Velvet Underground, The Yardbirds, Temples

The birth of psychedelic rock can be traced back to the mid-1960s, primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. Bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Byrds incorporated elements of psychedelic music into their sound, experimenting with unconventional song structures, mind-expanding lyrics, and the use of mind-altering drugs. The genre reached its peak with the iconic album “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd, released in the late 1960s.

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SOTW: Quantic – “Run”

Wednesday, December 13th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Anabel Martin Llanusa

Song of the Week: Quantic“Run”

Released: November 2023

Rate: 9/10

RIYL: Kraak & Smaak, Nightmares On Wax, Xenia Rubinos, Son Little, Connie Constance

The new album by Quantic is based on 70s disco, soul, and pop. The song “Run” features Andreya Triana‘s vocals which complement the disco vibe of the album. The lyrics make the song even more powerful. This track showcases a woman who is struggling to find her identity and wants to be able to love herself, but there are so many obstacles that she has to overcome, first. The melody contributes to the lyrics by giving off a peaceful sense. The author feels that everything will be good in the end even if she “keeps on falling”.

This song portrays a very relatable feeling to anyone who might listen. The upbeat sound changes your mood to a happier one and the lyrics make you feel less alone in the struggle of learning how to love yourself. Highly recommend!



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On This Day: December 7

Thursday, December 7th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Let’s check out some of the top 5 coolest events on this day in music history…

1. 2019: Ozzy Osbourne offered $25,000 as a reward for the return of stolen instruments previously owned by his late guitarist Randy Rhoads after the Musonia School of Music in N. Hollywood, was robbed on Thanksgiving night. The stolen instruments included Rhoads’ first electric guitar, a 1963 Harmony Rocket, as well as a rare Marshall prototype made specifically for Rhoads.

2. 1995: American rock band The Grateful Dead break up after the death of Jerry Garcia.

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The Prime: Alt Through the Ages

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Genre: Alternative

Subgenre: Grunge

RIYL: Smashing Pumpkins, Temple of the Dog, Bush, Mudhoney

Alt-grunge holds a relatively recent birthday, arising in the early 1990s as a subgenre of alternative rock. Drawing influences from punk, hard rock, and heavy metal, alt-grunge presents a broad range of distorted and angst-ridden sounds. The music often features heavy guitar riffs, powerful drum beats, and emotionally charged vocals that range from melodic to guttural screams. Its rebellious and introspective lyrics explored themes of alienation, social criticism, and personal struggles, resonating with a generation looking for music that mirrored their disillusionment and frustration. Alt-grunge continues to leave an indelible mark on the music industry.

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On This Day: November 23

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023 by Liz Kosik

by Liz Kosik ’25

Let’s check out some of the top 5 coolest events on this day in history…

  1. 2015: Taylor Swift dominated the American Music Awards, winning three prizes, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year. One Direction was named favorite group and artist of the year, for the second year in a row and Ariana Grande was the surprise winner of Best Female, beating Taylor Swift.
  2. 1992: Miley Cyrus is born Destiny Hope Cyrus in Franklin, Tennessee. Nicknamed “Smiley,” later shortened to “Miley,” she is the first child of country star Billy Ray Cyrus. She also has a famous godmother: Dolly Parton.

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DJ Spotlight: The Discovery Hour

Friday, November 17th, 2023 by Liz Kosik

Show Name: The Discovery Hour

DJ: Ellie Reynolds ’25

When: Wednesdays @ 3PM

Q: Name of your show, short description:

A: The Discovery Hour is a show covering alt-rock and indie pop from the 90s-2010s that airs every Wednesday from 3-4PM The show will have you dancing to M83, then laying on your floor listening to Arctic Monkeys and experiencing every emotion in between. There’s a little something for everyone on the Discovery Hour, and you might just discover something yourself.

Q: Why did you choose to host a show at WLOY?

A: I started as a first-year when WLOY roped me in at the club fair and I fell in love with college radio! It is such a cool and unique opportunity to share the music that I love with the world. It is such an awesome creative outlet for me.

Q: What are the top artists played on your show?

A: Cage the Elephant, The Black Keys, The Wombats

Q: Piece of advice for prospective DJs?

A: Don’t take yourself too seriously- WLOY is fun!

Q: Additional comments:

A: John Devecka is a superhero.

WLOY thanks Ellie for his mutual love of music and dedication to the station! Tune in to “The Discovery Hour” on Wednesdays from 3-4PM. 🙂

 



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